Lamborghini Huracan - The Latest Budget Supercar
Premiering in 2013-2014 at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, the Huracán is Lamborghini's long awaited (in fact long overdue) replacement for the now aged looking (but pretty thrilling) Gallardo, which was Lamborghini's debut model into the the small and practical 'budget supercar' market segment to compete against the likes of the Ferrari 360 Modena and its successors.
The Huracán (which needless to say simply means 'Hurricane') technically comes mated with very similar specs as its predecessor did - a naturally aspirated 5.2 liter V10 engine (a modified version of which also sits in back of the Audi R8-V10) but from then on, you can easily tell the differences between this model and the 2000s derived Gallardo.
When finished in Yellow, it doesn't seem all that different than the Gallardo, but paint the vehicle in black and one would begin appreciating its exterior styling. With looks at the back and front derived from a combination of its big brother, the V12 Lamborghini Aventedor and the manic $2 million-PLUS 'Sesto Elemento', you can appreciate why Lamborghini really love taking their time when designing a replacement for their ageing supercars.
With 20 inch forged rims and black brake-callipers coming and standard coupled with a very sleek body-outline and devilish front and back ends, the Huracán makes the Gallardo look 'boxy'.
Auto and supercar enthusiasts are sure to appreciate that the wait was indeed worth it!
Models and Packages
The Huracán is currently available in one variant, the LP-610-4 (which in typical and traditional Lamborghini naming convention, means the car's a 4 wheel drive and is available with 610 horsepower.
At this stage, Lamborghini have not confirmed whether more variants (including an almost certain convertible or 'spyder') but considering the Gallardo eventually was released with no less than at least 5 variants including a stripped out 2 wheel drive version and the 'Superleggera', it is likely that the Huracán will be released in more variants once it settles in.
Technologically however, this car doesn't disappoint at all and is 10 times more appealing in many ways than the Gallardo. Coming equipped with a full LED lighting system with daytime running headlamps, electronically controlled 4 wheel drive system (similar to what Audi use in their R8), a magnetic ride control and weight-saving carbon-fiber and aluminium chassis, the car's pretty light-footed. Buyers would also not be spoiled for choice when choosing the colors as the Huracán's available in no less than 15 color options - from pastel white, grey and black to more exotic and metallic blue, orange, green and yellow and the top of the line premium matte-black. The Huracán also comes equipped with a fully functional parking assistance system with front and rear sensors and a rear-view camera.
Inside the car, the driver-side display looks very similar to the one we find in the Aventador and the center-console looks like it has been derived from the McLaren MP4-12C. Featuring a 12 inch TFT Display, it will ensure that no control or multimedia setup being far too 'out of sight'.for the driver or passenger.The 'bridge-console/form-follow'console is also integrated into the car's optional Satellite Navigation system which offers a 3D birds-eye view within the maps.
Lastly, for an extra cost, one can replace the standard bucket-sports system with a fully electric system.
Pricewise, the Huracán is expected to go head to head with the likes of the Ferrari 458, Audi R8 and McLaren MP4-12C so will cost the same as the other competitors mentioned here.
While yet to be confirmed, Australian prices are expected to exceed $450,000.00 excluding on-road costs while in America the car would be roughly $250,000.00 to $400,000.00 worth.
WIth 0-100 KPH in 3.2 seconds and top speed which Lamborghini in a very Italian way say will exceed 325 KPH, the Huracán will no doubt be a very worthy competitor against the lesser powered Ferrari 458 and McLaren MP4-12C. In terms of sheer looks, this car without a doubt outshines the already very beautiful 458 but the more stoical R8 and MP4-12C.
Once the owner/driver surveys and polls are released and if they prove Lamborghini's now gone past some reliability issues they faced in the past with the Gallardo, this car's will without a doubt the world's best budget super car for the 2010's.